Books that address Conscious Living and Conscious Dying

Albom, Mitch. (1997).  Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man and Life’s Greatest Lesson.     Doubleday Books.  An account of the author’s fourteen Tuesday visits with his former professor, Morrie Schwartz, who was dying from Lou Gherig’s disease. Albom, a sportswriter, was dissatisfied with some aspects of his own life and career, and describes how Schwartz helped him gain perspective on life.

Alexander, Eban.  (2012).  Proof of Heaven:  A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife.  New York:  Simon and Schuster.

Anderson, Patricia, ed. (1996).  All of Us: Americans Talk About the Meaning of Death.  Delacorte. Personal reflections on death from a group of Americans of varying ages and diverse backgrounds

Arnold, Joan Hagan and Gemma, Penelope Buschman. (1994).  A Child Dies: A Portrait of Family Grief. 2nd ed. (Charles Press Publishers). Speaks about child deaths from infancy to adulthood. Illustrations and quotations from literary and religious/spiritual sources, and two short bibliographies.

Arrien, Angeles, The Second Half of Life: Opening the Eight Gates of Wisdom, (Sounds True Publishing, 2005)—This book is a wonderful companion to the tasks of deepening as we age. Arrien takes readers through a series of spiritual gates with the use of poetry and imagery and ends each chapter with helpful exercises to reflect on one’s own journey.

Atchley, Robert, Spirituality and Aging (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009)–A wise and important work that could make a difference in the way aging persons and gerontologists think about spirituality and aging.

Baldwin, Christina and Ann Linnea, The Circle Way: A Leader in Every Chair (ReadHowYouWant, 2012)–Meetings in the round have become the preferred tool for moving individual commitment into group action.

Baltins, Andris.  (2007)  Love Letters:  Reflections on Living with Loss.  Minneapolis, MN: Syren Book Company.

Barley, Nigel. (1997).  Grave Matters: A Lively History of Death Around the World.  Henry Holt.  Anecdotes of rituals, meanings and metaphors of death around the world, from China to Venezuela, by a witty English anthropologist.

Bennett, Amanda and Terence B. Foley. (1997) In Memoriam: A Practical Guide to Planning a Memorial Service. Simon and Shuster.  A detailed manual that addresses various types of questions that may come up in planning in service. Includes checklists, sample services both secular and religious, and suggested readings of poetry and selections from the Bible.

Beresford, Larry. (1993) The Hospice Handbook: A Complete Guide. Little Brown & Co.  An extensive introduction to hospice care that talks about basic concepts of palliative care, when hospice is an appropriate choice, an inside look at how a hospice team operates, and how to choose a hospice.

Bernardin, Joseph Cardinal. (1998).  The Gift of Peace. Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing.  The popular Catholic Archbishop of Chicago offers inspirational reflections from a Christian perspective on the last three days of his life, including his fight with cancer and decisions to forego a second course of treatment and to die at home.

Blair, Pamela D.  Getting Older Better The Best Advice Ever on Money, Health, Creativity, Sex, Work, Retirement, and More (Hampton Roads, Paperback) Pamela Blair is a holistic psychotherapist, spiritual counselor, and personal coach with a private practice. She claims that women over fifty are the new pioneers thanks to living longer with many more options. Gloria Steinem agrees and calls this stage of life “another country.” With great élan, Blair covers a wide-range of material in thematic chapters on self-image, minds, emotions, fears, love, lives and relationships, spiritual self, creative self, health, living spaces, families, friends, play, work, and finances.

Bolen, Jean Shinoda. (2007).  Close to the Bone: Life Threatening Illness as a Soul Journey.

Bowlby, John. (1999). Loss: Sadness and Depression. Perseus Books. John Bowlby’s work in developmental psychology is basic in most college courses. This book in particular deals with the attachments people form with others and how people negotiate death. May be useful for anyone who wishes to explore a contemporary model of grief.

Butler, Katy. (2013).  Knocking on Heaven’s Door:  The Path to a Better Way of Death.  New York:  Simon & Schuster.

Byock, Ira, Dying Well: Peace and Possibilities at the End of Life (Riverhead, 1997)—A sensitively-written book that tells many stories of death and dying, both positive and negative, from the perspective of a hospice physician. Keep tissues handy.

Byock, Ira.  (2015).  The Divine Art of Dying:  How to Live Well While Dying.  Explores the unique moment when seriously ill people choose to turn toward death.

Callahan, Daniel.  (1993).  The Troubled Dream of Life:  Living with Mortality.  New York:  Simon and Schuster. eBook available from iTunes.

Callanan, Maggie. (2008). Final Journeys: A Practical Guide for Bringing Care and Comfort at the End of Life. Random House. eBook available from iTunes store. For more than two decades, hospice nurse Maggie Callanan has tended to the terminally ill and been a cornerstone of support for their loved ones. Here is the guide we all need to understanding the special needs of the dying and those who care for them.

Callahan, Maggie & Patricia Kelley.  (1992).  Final Gifts:  Understanding the Special Awareness, Needs and Communications of the Dying.  New York:  Bantam.

Campbell, Margaret L. (1998).  Forgoing Life-Sustaining Therapy: How To Care For The Patient Who Is Near Death.  American Association of Critical Care Nurses.  This book gives guidance on issues such as how to stop a ventilator, the use of artificial nutrition and hydration, forgoing dialysis, and management of delirium in the final days of life. Case studies address clinical aspects of care as well as ethical and legal considerations and the processes of communication and decision-making.

Caplan, Sandi and Gordon Lang.  Grief’s Courageous Journey:  A Workbook, 1995

Capposela, Cappy, and Warnock, Sheila. (1995).  Share the Care : How to Organize a Group to Care for Someone Who Is Seriously Ill.  A step-by-step primer on how to organize a group of caregivers. Easy to use reference on each phase of caregiving, and advice on caregiver burnout, spreading responsibility, and other topics. Includes sample forms, checklists, and scripted passages.

Cassel, Christine K., and Fields, Marilyn J., eds. (1997) Approaching Death: Improving Care at the End of Life. National Academy Press.  Complete coverage of issues and barriers surrounding good care at the end of life. Contains a resources section.

Chittister, Joan, The Gift of Years: Growing Older Gracefully.  (Blue Bridge, 2008)—This is a book of reflection on aging written by a very wise woman. It is somewhat biblically oriented. Each chapter is short and includes interesting questions to contemplate. Each chapter could be a daily meditation.

Cooper, Marc and James C. Selman.  (2011).  The Elder.  This book is about giving back to the community through wisdom and experience—how the Boomers owe it to our country’s younger generations and generations yet to come.  It is about boomers making a valuable contribution to society.

Cutshall, Susan and James Miller (2001).  The Art of Being a Healing Presence:  A Guide for Those in Caring.

Davidson, Sarah, The December Project, “Revelatory… the best rendering of Reb Zalman’s wisdom that I’ve come across… (Davidson’s) transformation seems to have come simply from being in the elder sage’s presence — and seeing that there’s a real person behind the ‘sage.’ Thanks to The December Project, we can taste some of that presence ourselves.”  Review in the forward by  JAY MICHAELSON, visiting scholar at Brown University.

DeSpelder, Lyyne Ann & Albert Lee Strickland. Eds.  (1995).  The Path Ahead:  Readings in Death and Dying.  Mountain View, CA: Mayfield.

Despelder, Lynne Ann, and Strickland, Albert Lee. (1999). The Last Dance: Encountering Death And Dying, 5th ed. Mayfield Publishing Company. This is a college-level introductory thanatology textbook. Chapters are devoted to grief, bereavement, funeral practices, suicide, attitudes about immortality and the afterlife, near-death experiences, the health care system, and cross-cultural perspectives on death and dying.

Doka, Kenneth J. (1998). Living With Life-Threatening Illness: A Guide for Patients, Their Families, and Caregivers. Jossey-Bass. This book emphasizes the experience of living with illness, rather than simply focusing on its terminal phase, and offers workable suggestions for effective coping. Also includes examples of health care proxies and living wills.

Doyle, Derek, et al., eds. (1997).  Oxford Textbook Of Palliative Medicine: 2nd ed. Oxford University Press.  A comprehensive medical textbook on palliative care. Includes chapters on ethical, cultural, spiritual issues in palliative care as well as rehabilitation, social work, and pediatrics in pallative care.

Dychtwald, Ken and Daniel Kadlec. (2009).  A New Purpose: Redefining Money, Family, Work, Retirement and Success. —Happiness in life is about more than what’s in your bank account or stock portfolio. Success is more than achieving power and respect. Each one of us has a responsibility for changing the world in a positive, significant, and enduring way—and the challenge is less daunting than you might think.

Feinstein David and Peg Elliott Mayo. (1990). Rituals for Living and Dying: How we can turn Loss and the Fear of Death into an Affirmation of Life.

Feldman, David and S. Andrew Lasher.  (2008).  The End of Life Handbook:  A Compassionate Guide to Connecting with and Caring for a Dying Loved One.

Freedman, Marc. (2011).  The Big Shift: Navigating the New Stage Beyond Midlife.  Freedman makes an impassioned call to accept the decades opening up between midlife and anything approximating old age for what they really are – an entirely new stage of life, which he dubs the encore years.

Friedan, Betty.  (1993).  The Fountain of Age (Simon and Schuster)—As in her other books, Betty Friedan cuts to the heart of things, with a clear, wise, prophetic and positive story of the truth of growing older in our culture.

Frigo, Victoria, et al. (1996). You Can Help Someone Who’s Grieving: A How-To Healing Handbook. Penguin.  Common sense advice on how to help a grieving friend. Discusses grief in general, then provides examples of activities to do with the grieving person as well as tips on how to write condolence notes, keep a grief journal, or write tributes.

Garrett, Stephen. When Death Speaks, Listen, Learn & Love, approaches death with compassion, love and frankness, talking openly about death, planning for the inevitable, and supporting family and friends with tools and skills to begin a new type of conversation.The tools, information, and real life stories are all designed to offer a different perspective in dealing with death and loss. The practices offered are designed to use ‘smaller deaths’ as preparation for the death of our body. “When Death Speaks” is all about bringing death back to life.

Gawande, Atul.  (2014).  Being Mortal:  Medicine and What Matters At the End.

Goldman, Connie.  (2009).   Who Am I Now that I’m Not Who I Was?  The author conducts 18 interviews with women who share deeply personal insights and gifts that come with age, and becoming authentic and “real.”

Gordon, Jack D., and Doka, Kenneth J., ed. (2000).  Living With Grief : Children, Adolescents, and Loss. Hospice Foundation of America. Discussion about the grieving process of children who have lost a loved one. Draws from a wide range of contributors, and produced as a companion publication to the Hospice Foundation of America’s seventh annual National Bereavement Teleconference.

Grollman, Earl, ed. (1974).  Concerning Death:  A practical Guide for the Living.  Boston, Beacon Publishers.

Gutkind, Lee and Francine Prose. (2012).  At the End of Life:  True Stories About How We Die.

Halifax, Joan (2011).  Being With Dying: Cultivating Compassion and Fearlessness in the Presence of Death. Boston, MA:  Shambhala Publishers.

Hollis, James. (2005).  Finding Meaning in the Second Half of Life:  How to Finally, Really Grow Up.  Jungian Psychoanalyst, Hollis, believes it is only in the second half of life that we can truly come to know who we are and thus create a life that has meaning.  He explores the ways we can grow and evolve to fully become ourselves when the traditional roles of adulthood aren’t quite working for us.

Irish, Donald P., et al., eds. (1993).  Ethnic Variations in Dying, Death, and Grief: Diversity in Universality.  A survey collection of in-depth articles on ethnic perspectives on death and dying from African Americans, Hmongs, Islamic and Jewish religions, and other groups. Includes a self-assessment tool for cultural readiness and awareness.

Kavanaugh, Robert.  (1972).  Facing Death.  New York:  Penguin Books.

Kessler, David.  (2010).  Visions, Trips and Crowded Rooms.  Boston, MA: Hay House.

Krauss, Pesach.  (1988).  Why Me?  Coping with Grief, Loss & Change.  New York:  Bantam.

Knight, David.  (2002).  What Dying People Want: Practical Lessons for the End of Life.

Kramer, Bruce and Kathy Wurzer.  (2015).  We Know How This Ends.

Kubler Ross, Elizabeth.  (1975).  Death:  The Final Stage of Growth.  New York:  Touchstone Books.

Kubler Ross, Elizabeth.  (1969).  On Death and Dying.  New York:  Scribner Classics.

Kuhl, David.  (2003).  What Dying People Want:  Practical Wisdom for the End of Life.

Laderman, Gary. (1999). The Sacred Remains: American Attitudes Toward Death, 1799-1883. Yale University Press.  A scholarly perspective on the origins of current American burial practices, focusing on the shift of emphasis from burial as symbolic acts to burial as an industry with attendant professionalized funeral specialists.

Lawrence-Lightfoot, Sara. (2009) The Third Chapter: Passion, Risk, and Adventure in the 25 Years After 50, (Sara Crichton Books)—This is a compilation of sociological research on a number of people as they age. It helps give readers a broad perspective on many of the tasks and hurdles of aging and make them seem normal.

Leider, Richard and David Shapiro, Something to Live For (Berrett-Koehler, 2008)—A small book with a big message (See also their earlier book, Claiming Your Place at the Fire (Berrett-Koehler, 2004)). Leider is a member of Sage-ing International’s Council of Wise Elders.

Leider, Richard and Alan Webber.  (2013).  Life Reimagined:  Discovering Your New Life Possibilities.

Levine, Stephen.  (1984).  Who Dies?  An Investigation of Conscious Living and Conscious Dying.  New York:  Anchor Books.

Levine, Stephen.  (1998).  A Year to Live:  How to Live This Year as Though it were your Last.  New York: Bell Tower.

Lewis, C. S. & Madeleine L’Engle.  (1961).  A Grief Observed.  London: Crosswicks, LTD.

Luke, Helen.  (2010).  Old Age.

Luna, Elle.  (2015).  The Crossroads of Should and Must:  Find and Follow Your Passion.

Lund, Sharon.  (2006).  Sacred Living, Sacred Dying:  A Guide to Embracing Life and Death.  USA:  Sacred Life Publishers.

Lustbader, Wendy, Life Gets Better: The Unexpected Pleasures of Growing Older, (Penguin Group 2011)—This contains the collected wisdom of Lustbader and many others she has interviewed, highlighting the emotional, spiritual, and intellectual gifts of aging well. Lustbader is a member of Sage-ing International’s Council of Wise Elders.

Lynch, Thomas. (1997). The Undertaking: Life Studies from the Dismal Trade. A poet’s account of his day job as a funeral director.

Lynn, Joanne, and Harrold, Joan. (1999). Handbook For Mortals: Guidance For People Facing Serious Illness.  Oxford University Press.  A comprehensive guide to end of life care, written for a general audience. Includes advice on how to make decisions about care, where to find support and treatment resources, how to communicate with physicians, how to get effective pain management, when to let go of medical treatment, and issues in hastening death. The authors also discuss the ethical issues of assisted suicide.

Malkin, Gary and Stillwater, Michael Graceful Passages,
Graceful Passages is a gentle and compassionate multi-media experience intended to help anyone facing the difficult fears surrounding disease, mortality, or life-changing transitions—their own or someone they care for. It combines beautiful music and soothing words, spoken by some of the world’s most honored wisdom-keepers, to provide a safe and peaceful sanctuary for insight, reflection, inspiration and self–renewal. For many, it has helped reduce anxieties around the dying process, providing support and comfort for patients and their families.

Manahan, Nancy and Betty Bohan.  (2007).  Living Consciously, Dying Gracefully:  Journey with Cancer and Beyond.  Edina, MN:  Beaver’s Pond Press.

MacPherson, Myra. (1999). She Came To Live Out Loud: An Inspiring Family Journey Through Illness, Loss, and Grief.  Journalist gives advice for dealing with grief, drawing on her personal odyssey with the family and friends of a dying woman. This book tells the poignant story of love and death in a family.

Martin, William. (2010).  The Sage’s Tao Te Ching:  A New Interpretation—Ancient Advice for the Second Half of Life.  One of the world’s most widely read books of wisdom, subtly and powerfully capturing the complex emotions connected with growing older.

Menzies, Heather (2009).  Enter Mourning: A Memoir on Death, Dementia and Coming Home.

Meyer, Charles. (1998). A Good Death: Challenges, Choices and Care Options.  A hospital chaplain and administrator’s practical and persuasive discussion of the gap between how we typically define a good death and how most of us still actually die. Meyer wants to steer the medical community toward accepting patient’s wishes when they are nearing death.

Meyer, Maria, and Derr, Paula. (1998). The Comfort Of Home: An Illustrated Step-by-Step Guide For Caregivers.  This well-organized handbook covers caregiving basics. Topics include preparing and equipping the home, understanding special equipment, dealing with emergencies, proper nutrition, caring for those with dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease, bathing, how to make a bed while someone is in it, and movement and wheelchair transfers. Lists of in-depth resources are also given.

Miller, Glen E., MD.  (2014).  Living Thoughtfully, Dying Well:  A Doctor Explains How to Make Death a Natural Part of Life.  Miller invites readers into conversation about the spirituality of dying as he explores a variety of beliefs about death and dying.

Muller, Wayne.  (1997).  How Then Shall We Live:  Four Simple Questions that Reveal Beauty and Meaning in our Lives.  New York:  Bantam Books.

Moody, Harry. The Five Stages of the Soul (Anchor Books, 1997)–A groundbreaking book that interweaves twenty years of case studies and research in the field of aging with an exhaustive knowledge of psychology, religion and literature.

Nixon, Lois Lacivita, and Secundy, Marian Gray, ed. (1992). Trials, Tribulations and Celebrations-African-American Perspectives on Health, Illness, Aging and Loss.  A look at cultural differences in views on life and death, featuring both case studies and an academic approach.

Nuland, Sherwin B. (1995). How We Die: Reflections On Life’s Final Chapter.  Chapters cover the physiological changes and medical choices that go along with death. It also addresses conditions such as cancer, heart disease, AIDS, Alzheimer’s, and severe trauma.

Oldfield, David. (2000). Winnowing. Midway Center for Creative Imagination. A book for people who have lived a long time, and need – for their own sake, and for the sake of others – to reflect on what they have learned and discovered along the way. Oldfield’s guide to a very personal and spiritual journey is equally useful to the dying and their loved ones. Available free from .

Palmer, Parker. (2004). A Hidden Wholeness: The Journey toward an Undivided Life. Welcoming the Soul and Weaving Community in a Wounded World.

Pevny, Ron.  (2014). Conscious Living, Conscious  Aging,  As the Boomer population is retiring healthier than any generation before them, aging is looking a whole lot different. Ron Pevny, Founder and Director of the Center for Conscious Eldering, presents readers with a new model for aging that is contemporary yet grounded in time-honored wisdom, focusing on aging’s potential for growth, passion, purpose, service, and spiritual exploration.  Pevny encourages readers to stop viewing aging as the twilight of their lives and welcome in a new dawn by not just growing old, but by aging consciously.

Ram Dass, Still Here. (Riverhead Books, 2000)—A wise and inspiring book from a person who has “been there” and is still here.

Remen, Rachel Naomi.  (2000).  My Grandfather’s Blessings (Riverhead Books)—A heartwarming book of short stories containing much wisdom. Also try Kitchen Table Wisdom.

Richmond, Lewis.  (2012).  Aging as a Spiritual Practice:  A Contemplative Guide to Growing Older and Wiser.  A powerful, yet practical guide.

Rinpoche, Chagdud Tulku and Chagdud Khadro.  (1987).  Life in Relation to Death. Junction City, CA: Padma Publishing.

Rinpoche, Sogyal.  (2009).  The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying.  The Spiritual Class & International Bestseller.

Rohr, Richard.  (2011).  Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life (Jossey Bass)—A short yet deeply moving book which provides an understanding of how the heartbreaks and disappointments of life’s first half can be stepping stones to the spiritual joys that are possible in the second half.

Roszak, Theodore.  (2009).  The Making of an Elder Culture:  Reflections on the Future of America’s Most Audacious Generation.  Roszak reminds the reader that the boomer will be spending more time being old than they ever spent being young.  He suggests ways in which they can uniquely transform our society, picking up on the ideals they formed in the 60’s.

Rowe, John and Robert Kahn. (1998).  Successful Aging (Pantheon Books)—An excellent book focused on recent research on the aging process, covering physical and mental health and the importance of community and being active in creating optimum health, joy and longevity.

Sardello, Robert and Therese Sheker-Schroeder.  (2011).  Silence: The Mystery of Wholeness.

Schachter-Shalomi, Zalman, and Ronald S. Miller, From Age-ing to Sage-ing: A Profound New Vision of Growing Older (Warner Books, 1995)—A book that we draw great inspiration and wisdom from; the “bible” of conscious aging. Schachter-Shalomi was the inspirational Father of conscious aging and Sage-ing International.

Schaefer, Dan, and Lyons, Christine. (1993).  How Do We Tell The Children? A Step-By-Step Guide for Helping Children Two to Teen Cope When Someone Dies.  A book written for parents who are helping their children deal with grief. Suggests activities that may help a child express his or her grief.

Shriver, Timothy.  (2014).  Fully Alive: Discovering What Matters Most.

Singh, Kathleen Dowling. (2014). The Grace in Aging: Awaken as You Grow Older.  A practical guide into our psycho-spiritual dynamics that can be helpful at any age but is especially tuned to the later stages of our life.

Singh, Kathleen Dowling.  (2000).  The Grace in Dying:  How we are Transformed Spiritually as We Die.  A message of hope, comfort and spiritual transformation.

Sittser, Jerry L. (2009).  A Grace Disguised:  How the Soul Grows Through Loss.

Schlitz, Marilyn and Deepok Chopra. (2015). Death Makes Life Possible.  A compilation of real-life stories and research related to what happens when we die, worldviews on death and dying, and challenges our assumptions about consciousness in ways that suggest consciousness is eternal.

Singer, Michael A.  (2015).  The Surrender Experiment:  My Journey into Life’s Perfection.

Storey, Porter. (1994). The Primer Of Palliative Care.  American Academy Of Hospice And Palliative Medicine.  A quick overview of hospice and palliative care issues suitable for a general audience. The booklet is published by the American Academy Of Hospice And Palliative Medicine.

Spence, Linda. (1997).  Legacy:  A step by step guide to writing personal history. Spence believes that every life has value and knowledge to pass onto to others.  Through supportive coaching,    stimulating questions, shared memories the process of producing a personal history becomes intriguing and engaging.

Sulmasy, D. (1997). The Healer’s Calling: A Spirituality for Physicians and Other Health Care Professionals.  Paulist Press. Addresses the longings of many people in the health care professions for a renewed sense of their work and for a return to spiritual elements of healing.  Begun as the Faircare program at a Veteran’s Administration Hospital, this book’s twenty-six step program for peaceful dying ranges from the spiritual to the psychological (“Slowing Down Time and the Mind”) to the practical (“Selecting Advance Directives”) and sees dying as a learning opportunity for the community.

Tagliaferre, Lew & Gary Harbaugh, Ph. D.  (2012).  Recovery from Loss:  A Personalized Guide to the Grieving Process.  Gainsville, Fla:  CAPT.

Tatelbaum, Judy.  (1984). The Courage to Grieve:  The Classic Guide to Creative Living, Recovery, and Growth through Grief.  New York:  William Morrow Books.

Taylor, Barbara Brown. (2014).  Learning to Walk in the Dark.

Thibault, Jane Marie and Richard L. Morgan. (2012).  Pilgrimage into the Last Third of Life:  7 Gateways to Spiritual Growth.  Authors offer meditations and reflection questions that are linked to the seven tasks essential to living the Last Third fearlessly and with purpose.

Thomas, William.  (2007).  What are Old People For? How Elders Will Save the World (VanderWyk and Burnham)—Bill Thomas, MD, has written one of the best recent books on elders and their important place in society. Thomas is a member of Sage-ing International’s Council of Wise Elders.

Volandes, Angelo E., M. D.  (2015).  The Conversation:  A Revolutionary Plan for End-of Life Care.  New York:   Bloomsbury Publishing.

Volkan, Vamik D. & Elizabeth Zintl.  (1994). Life after Loss:  The Lessons of Grief.  New York:  Scribner Paper.

Wilbur, Ken (ebook edition, 2012).  Grace and Grit: Spirituality and Healing In the life and Death of Treya Killam Wilbur.

Wyatt, Karen M., M.D. (2011)  What Really Matters: 7 Lessons for Living from the Stories of the Dying, (Select Books)–This book chronicles the life transformations experienced by Dr. Wyatt’s hospice patients during their final days, and taps their wisdom to offer guidance for living well by keeping in mind what is truly important.

Webb, Marilyn.  (1997).  The Good Death: The New American Search To Reshape The End Of Life. Bantam Books.  An overview of key controversies in modern care for the dying; reviews the legal, ethical, and political aspects of such assisted suicide and aggressive life support for the dying.

Weenolsen, Patricia. (1996).  The Art of Dying. Suggestions for how to cope with the multiple logistical and emotional aspects of dying, including diagnostic exercises, checklists and many short commentaries on the attitudes and feelings that may emerge during the dying process.

Woodman, Marian.  (2000).  Bone:  Dying into Life.  Toronto:  Compass Books.


“Bioethics Forum”
Quarterly publication of the Midwest Bioethics Center. Sally Goldenbaum, Editor
Contact: (816) 221-1100;

“Innovations in End-of-Life Care”
An international online forum and peer-reviewed journal for leaders in end-of-life care. Contributors are given the opportunity to describe in some detail the process of designing, implementing, evaluating and sustaining new practices that are designed to improve terminal and palliative care and that show some evidence of doing so.

“Journal of the American Geriatrics Society”
The Society’s peer-reviewed journal, rated number one in the ISI Science Citation Index, provides clinically relevant articles and information on health services research, geriatric bioscience, and progress in geriatrics and notices of continuing education courses and available positions.
Contact: Lippincot Williams & Wilkins, at (410) 528-4000. All AGS members receive the journal free as part of their membership. Non-members should request copies from the publisher.

“Journal of Pain and Symptom Management”
Russell Portenoy, M.D., Editor-in-Chief
Contact: (212) 844-1460

“Journal of Palliative Medicine”
David E. Weissman, MD, Editor-in-chief
Contact: Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. Phone: (800) M-LIEBERT


“ABCD Exchange Americans for Better Care of the Dying (ABCD)”
A newsletter on quality improvement efforts and policy.
Contact: (202) 530-9864;

“Last Acts: Care and Caring at the End of Life Last Acts: A National Coalition to Improve Care and Caring at the End of Life”